My group does research on distributed systems, mobile computing, and operating systems with a focus on privacy and security. Our work is currently supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing at UC-Berkeley.

For a better sense of the kinds of problems that interest us, please refer to our papers.

Landon Cox

Landon Cox

Jul 2011

Updated genealogy

I updated my academic genealogy last night. The lineage now traces back 23 advisors to Tartaglia, with a few Nobel Laureates, Newton, and Galileo along the way. Many thanks to Rajesh Balan, Mark Corner, Jason Flinn, and Dushyanth Narayanan for doing all of the legwork.

As Nikita Borisov observed on G+, there is a shocking lack of institutional diversity in my line relative to others, with a remarkable run of 14 straight Cambridge-trained researchers. After the Cambridge run, things head to Italy, where the line terminates with Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia. Apparently he was self-taught.

I’m sure there are social-network researchers who look at such things, but it would be fascinating to know if there are any least-common ancestors from different branches within computer systems or sub-fields within computer science. It would also be amazing if someone were able to detect common intellectual or stylistic DNA within the line. My work certainly shares traits with the work of my academic siblings, cousins, and aunts/uncles, but who knows if less obvious similarities are present further up the line.

New webpage

Welcome to my new webpage. I upgraded because my hand-written HTML from the late 90s had become too hard to maintain. And it was ugly.

My plan is to use this newer, bloggier space to post updates on what is going on with my lab and our research. Hopefully, I’ll have something exciting to post soon!